On May 1, 2018 at 11:24 pm, Morganton Public Safety Officers responded to a 911 call in the area of St. Mary’s Church Road. The caller reported he had been shot at after pulling into the parking lot of Saint Mary and Saint Stephens Episcopal Church.
Officer’s learned the victim, Austin Dyer, knew the suspect, Samuel Gramer, and there had been an ongoing dispute between the two. It was reported Dyer pulled into the parking lot behind Gramer’s vehicle and the suspect vehicle sped away. As the vehicle sped away, Gramer pointed a gun out the window and fired rounds in the direction of Dyer.
The round missed Dyer striking the church and damaged a stain glass window. Officer recovered shell casings from the scene and an investigation began.
On May 2, 2018, Morganton Investigators arrested Samuel Baker Gramer of 601 St. Mary’s Church Road and charged him with one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Investigators were able to recover the gun used in the shooting at a house known to Gramer. When officer’s recovered the firearm they also located drugs and paraphernalia belonging to Gramer. Gramer was subsequently charged with Possession with intent to manufacture sell and deliver schedule I controlled substance. He was placed under a $20,000 secured bond for the assault with a deadly weapon charge.
Investigators later charged Gramer’s girlfriend who was found to be the driver of the vehicle. Raelyn Shae Brown was charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Brown was arrested on May 3, 2018 and received a custody release from the Burke County Magistrate’s Office.
No one was injured during the incident and authorities are continuing to investigate the matter.